Here we have a HUGE and very rare carnival chalkware Cupid Kewpie baby doll bank.
She's a gigantic 12" tall, 6" wide and 5" deep.
She's in patriotic colors of red and blue with a large C (for Cupid) on her big rounded belly in glitter (that has mostly worn away by now) and little blue wings on her back, which, in between is the slot for money to be deposited.
She has hand-painted super long eyelashes, red cheeks and lips and huge blue googly-look eyes (kinda creepy, really).
Because of the red white and blue colorway, she may be from the 1940s. However, she COULD be from as early as 1915 to the 1930s, when chalk ware was wildly popular and often the prize that was won at carnivals and fairs.
Some of the paint has worn off on her blue shoes and around the bank slot on the back; there is a chip on the back of her right foot (see all photos, please). She also has a fingertip missing on her right hand, looks like an original firing flaw. She has an aged overall patina. We are selling her as found, and are pricing with these things in mind.
She is hollowed out with a square-ish opening in the bottom.
These hollow chalk ware pieces are very fragile, so we will pack her with extra care. She's an amazing collectible, and would be an adorable kitschy engagement gift for your very special "someone", or an impressive collectible gift for Valentine's Day or Christmas.
Rose O'Neil was a popular artist and an illustrator for several fashionable magazines. In 1905 she introduced the Kewpie Doll which was of her own creation. The results were somewhat spectacular in that her envisage became incredibly popular and soon thereafter there were Kewpie Dolls of all kinds everywhere imaginable. One version was a chalkware Kewpie Doll which was an immediate success and soon became the most popular and sought after carnival prize.
(Thanks to Branford House Antiques for their background information.)
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